Dream Big Pt. 1
Everybody has a dream deep down inside of them. If you could do anything, what would it be?
Theologian Frederick Henry Hedge said, “Dreaming is an act of pure imagination, attesting in all men a creative power, which if it were available in waking, would make every man a Dante or a Shakespeare.”
Get a DREAM for your life that makes you want to jump out of bed in the morning!
The very meaning of our lives is linked to our dreams. I believe each of us have a dream placed in the heart. I’m not talking about wanting to win the lottery. or that kind of idea comes from a desire to escape our present circumstances. I’m talking about a vision deep inside that speaks to the very soul. It’s the thing we were born to do. Something you can do, something you can become, or something you can have.
(Ephesians 3:20 Message) “God can do anything—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams!”
Don’t allow small thinking and dreaming hold you in a life of mediocrity
Have you dared to dream? I mean really dream?
What’s Your Dream? What has God put on your Heart?
For most people that is a tough question. Most people can tell you what they don’t want. But it’s often difficult for them to describe exactly what they do want.
The tragedy is that too many people have no destination in mind for their lives. Before you can live your own future, you are going to have to become a dreamer.
It’s Like Alice in Wonderland where Alice comes to the junction in the road that leads in different directions. She doesn’t know where she really wants to go, so she asks the Cheshire Cat for advice:
“Cheshire Cat….would you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” the Cat said. “I don’t care much where…” Alice said. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” the Cat said.
Don’t be like Alice! Begin right now to decide exactly where you want to go! Start focusing on the Dream that is in your heart!
NO man will ever get anywhere untill he first knows where is going!
Yogi Berra said, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you’re never going to get there.”
Thoreau once said, “If one advances confidently in the direction of his or her dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he or she will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.”
Life is a journey and every journey has a destination. Everybody ends up somewhere in life.
What is a Dream?
A series of thoughts, images, or emotions occurring during sleep. a visionary creation of the imagination. Something notable for its beauty, excellence, or enjoyable quality. A goal or purpose ardently desired. A condition or achievement that is longed for; an aspiration.
Divinely Revealed Events Awaiting Manifestation
•Dreams contain nearly limitless power to lift us up in a world that sometimes seems determined to hold us down!
•Dreams have the power to pull us forward in the face of adversity
•Dreams have the power to sharpen our focus and fill our lives with energy and passion
1. God Wants us to Dream Big Dreams
God wants you to connect with His dream and His dream is the force that invents your future!
God paints your future success, significance, peace, and joys on the canvas of you mind
(Isaiah 55:9) “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Amos 4:13 NIV – He who forms the mountains, who creates the wind, and who reveals his thoughts to mankind, who turns dawn to darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth—the Lord God Almighty is his name.
•The same God who set the mountains in place placed desires in your heart! The size of your dream matters to God.
Psalms 37:4 -5 NIV – ”Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord, Trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.”
Desire – To long or hope for, to express a wish for, impulse toward an object or experience that promises satisfaction. The Desires God puts in us indicate His will.
•God has placed within our heart hopes and dreams that HE wants to fulfill for us.
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future
A person with big dreams is more powerful than a person with all the facts. Because if the dream is big enough, the facts don’t count.
Abraham and Sarah
God wants your dream so big that when you talk about it, you’ll want to laugh about it
Genesis 17:17 NLT – Then Abraham bowed down to the ground, but he laughed to himself in disbelief. “How could I become a father at the age of 100?” he thought. “And how can Sarah have a baby when she is ninety years old?”
Genesis 18:12 NLT – So she laughed silently to herself and said, “How could a worn-out woman like me enjoy such pleasure, especially when my master—my husband—is also so old?”
•The dream that God gave Abraham was so crazy, so outlandish, that if it came true God would get all the Glory!
God wants to take you from laughing at your dream to actually believing it’s possible!
Genesis 18:13-14 NLT – Then the Lord said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh? Why did she say, ‘Can an old woman like me have a baby?’ 14 Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.”
Eleanor Roosevelt said, “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”
2. God Communicates Through Uncommon Dreams and Visions
God will give you a vision, a mental picture of something big. He will give you a film, a movie in your mind’s eye. Satan’s plan is always to cloud your picture.
Proverbs 29:18 KJV – Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
God will birth within you an invisible picture of you future. The Dream will be something you can do, something you can become, or something you can have. God uses dreams to provide focus, progression, and enthusiasm. The Ability to dream moves you in the path of God’s purpose for your life.
Joel 2:28 NIV – “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions
Genesis 22:17 NIV – I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies,
Genesis 37:9 NIV – Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”
3. Use your God given Imagination
If you can SEE the invisible you can do the impossible! All dreams start with inspired imagination – it’s the blueprint for your ultimate destiny.
“A DREAM is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.” Dennis Waitley
Your imagination is an invisible machine inside your mind. God gave it to us to create pictures. Pictures of what we desire and dream about.
One of the most beautiful gifts God has given us is our minds.
There are two major Functions of our mind:
- Memory – your memory will photograph, file and replay pictures of your past
- Imagination – It creates and replays pictures of things you want to happen in your future.
Albert Einstein said, “Imagination is everything. It’s the preview of life’s coming attractions.”
Imagination – the act of power of forming mental image of something not present to the senses of never before wholly seen in reality.
QUIT saying “I Can’t IMAGINE that”
Unlock the power of possibility Dreaming.
Stop focusing on the impossibilities
Take the word out of your vocabulary. Don’t reduce God down to the size of your brain
We need to think with a mind of faith – possibilities. Otherwise you will limit yourself and God
(Mark 10:27) Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
Great achievers have learned to replay the memories of their past triumphs and preplay the pictures of there desired successes.
Example: When David faced the giant Goliath, he mentally replayed his previous victories in killing the bear and the lion. Then he used his imagination to picture and preplay his impending victory over Goliath. Look at his vision/picture for killing Goliath that would be given to him.
I Samuel 17:25-27 NIV – Now the Israelites had been saying, “Do you see how this man keeps coming out? He comes out to defy Israel. The king will give great wealth to the man who kills him. He will also give him his daughter in marriage and will exempt his family from taxes in Israel.”26 David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?” 27 They repeated to him what they had been saying and told him, “This is what will be done for the man who kills him.”
•David SAW the Money, and He SAW the Honey! IF you see what you want, You’ll get what you want.
You are going to have to live in the future anyway, so it might as well be the future you are picturing for yourself, rather than a future that somebody else is designing for you.
What can you Imagine or Dream? It will be powered by your imagination
God brought clarity to Abraham’s dream through the use of a Picture – This relieves the tension between his faith in the promise and the present realities
Genesis 15:5 NIV – He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring[a] be.”
God used the IMAGERY of stars and sand to help strengthen the dream in his heart that was growing weak due to the negative impact of temporary circumstances.
Walt Disney said, “All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them!”
The Power of Imagination
There’s a remarkable observation in Genesis 11:6 that illustrates the power of the imagination. The babylonians wanted to build a city and a tower that would reach into heaven. But this was an exaltation against God so he was displeased.
Genesis 11:6 KJV – And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
God acknowledged the gift and power of imagination – but they misused it – God has given everyone us this incredible gift – The ability to picture within our minds something we want to happen.
Your imagination is the workshop of your mind. You can DREAM, DISIGN, and DETERMINE what you want to happen in your life. Whatever dominates your imagination today will very likely be experienced in your life tomorrow.
Proverbs 23:7 NKJV “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he…”
Proverbs 4:23 NCV “Be careful what you think because your thoughts run your life.”
Why? Because you mind is the drawing room for your tomorrow. What happens in your mind will happen in time.
Einstein said, Logic will take you from A to B, but imagination will take you everywhere!
In your mind, you can go to your past or to your future. You decide. Your mind is not restricted by location. God gave you a MIND so He can give you a picture of where He wants to take you.
4. Don’t let someone else’s disapproval or opposition hinder you from Dreaming Big
Genesis 37:6-11 NIV – He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: 7 We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.” 8 His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said. 9 Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”10 When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” 11 His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
•Joseph was hated, taunted, and rebuked by his brothers and father. His brothers threw him into a pit sold him into slavery for $12.80. He was working for Potiphar, and falsely accused of raping his wife, and ended up in prison.
Dreamers who Overcame Opposition to realize their dreams
- Basketball superstar Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. However, he didn’t give up. His philosophy: “I play to win. The day I stop improving is the day I walk away from the game.” He didn’t just have a dream. He committed to shooting 300 baskets a day, and his dream became a reality.
- Winston Churchill failed the sixth grade. He did not become Prime Minister of England until he was 62, and then only after a lifetime of defeats and setbacks.
- When Thomas Edison invented the light bulb, he tried over 2,000 experiments before he got it to work. A young report asked him how it felt to fail so many times. He said, “I never failed once. I invented the light bulb. It just happened to be a 2,000 step process.”
James 1:2-4 NIV – Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Robert Schuller once said, “Are you disappointed, discouraged and discontented with your present level of success? Are you secretly dissatisfied with your present status? DO you want to become a better or more beautiful person than you are today? Would you like to be able to really learn how to be proud of yourself and still not lose genuine humility? Then start DREAMING! It’s possible! You can become the person you have always wanted to be!”
Genesis 39:21-23 NIV – the Lord was with him; he showed him kindness and granted him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. 22 So the warden put Joseph in charge of all those held in the prison, and he was made responsible for all that was done there. 23 The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.
Step our of the dominant culture of resignation and mediocrity and endeavor to create the life of your dreams!
We have been programmed to live within the limitations that other people have set for us. I want to elevate our perception of what is possible for us.
Proverbs 13:12 NKJV – Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.